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When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.” -A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholar Usha Ramanathan describes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017


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Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project

Quotes

What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

8858 - SC says no to restrictive use of Aadhaar card - Business Standard

The apex court declines to modify its order restricting Aadhaar card use only for PDS benefits
BS Reporter & PTI  |  New Delhi 
October 8, 2015 Last Updated at 00:20 IST



The central government and financial institutions suffered a setback on Wednesday, when the Supreme Court declined to modify its order restricting Aadhaar card use only for public distribution system (PDS) benefits. The issue would now go before a larger bench to be set up by the Chief Justice of India.

The central and some state governments, along with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) , Reserve Bank of India(RBI), banks and other public institutions were vehemently arguing that the court order of August 11, restricting the use of Aadhaar cards only to essential items, has stalled their functioning. They had contended that those who voluntarily come forward to register for the identity card should be allowed to do so. Sebi and the banks argued that the use of the card would allow them to track black money operations.

However, a three-judge bench headed by J Chelameswar did not change the order and stated in its order that it would be better that the issue be decided by a larger bench. "We are of the opinion that it is better that these applications for modification are also heard by a larger bench," the three-judge bench, which also included Justices S A Bobde and C Nagappan, said.

The question of the validity of Aadhaar has been caught in constitutional knots from the beginning. The scheme was challenged by a former high court judge and several organisations alleging that it violated the right to privacy by seeking too many personal details which could be leaked out and misused by private parties.

The right to privacy was argued for several days and then that bench referred the question - whether there is such a right in the Constitution - to a constitution bench.

Meanwhile, the government and financial institutions wanted a change in the interim order allowing them to demand Aadhaar card from people who approach institutions to avail of various benefits. This issue has also gone to a constitution bench with Wednesday's order.

According to the Attorney General, 920 million people have already received their cards and they gave information voluntarily. He had also assured the court that the information will not be shared with any unauthorised persons or entities. However, the pleas for relaxation of the August 11 order restricting the use of Aadhaar cards for PDS scheme and LPG (Liquified petroleum gas) distribution scheme, was opposed by those petitioners on whose PILs the apex court had said these cards will not be mandatory for availing benefits of welfare schemes.

On August 11, the apex court had said that Aadhaar card would remain optional for availing welfare schemes of the government and the authorities would not use it for the purposes other than PDS and LPG distribution system.

The Centre, RBI, Sebi, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Pension Fund Regulatory Authority and states like Gujarat and Jharkhand had recently moved the court and pitched strongly for voluntary use of Aadhaar cards for providing benefits of various schemes, other than PDS and LPG, at the doorsteps of the aged and the weaker sections.

FACT CARD
  • The Supreme Court declined to modify its order restricting Aadhaar card use only for public distribution system benefits
  • The court order of August 11, restricting the use of Aadhar cards only to essential items, has stalled their functioning, argued the Securities and Exchange Board of India along with other contenders
  • 920 million people have already received their cards and they gave information voluntarily, according to the Attorney General